Christmas

SaturnaliaA celebration dear to the hearts of the Disinformation team at this time of year is Saturnalia, one of the most popular Roman festivals. It was marked by tomfoolery and reversal of social roles, in which slaves and masters ostensibly switched places, with expectantly humorous results. Saturnalia was introduced around 217 BC to raise citizen morale after a crushing military defeat. Originally celebrated for a day, on December 17th, its popularity saw it grow until it became a week-long extravaganza, ending on the 23rd.

Our favorite exposition of Saturnalia has long been the Electric Sheep comic strip, no longer easily available on the web, but we dug in the crates and are pleased to bring it to you. We did find it here and in a video created from the original website posted to Funny or Die:



Here at disinformation HQ we’ve long been fans of Saturnalia and Winter Solstice celebrations, and there’s a strong pro-Krampus faction to boot. There are some holiday traditions we haven’t adopted yet, however,…





George Monbiot blames the “global bullshit industry” for the commercial nature of Christmas. I’m not sure this is exactly breaking news, but it’s still fun to read Monbiot’s never-failing progressive take on…









I watch this every year at Christmas time. It frightened the holy hell out of me as a child, but now it just make me think. We’re not any closer to this “peace” we talk about at this time of year, are we? Maybe 2013 will be different. WAR IS OVER! (if you want it.)





The “Buy Nothing Christmas” campaign from Adbusters’Kalle Lasn has attracted the attention of the New York Times: If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet, don’t bother. Skip the mall and the…


The late December holidays in America used to be known as “the season to be jolly,” with our streets festooned with bright lights, groups caroling, shopping galore, gift giving and cheer. This…





One of my favorite sites, io9, had some great recommendations for whatever geeky holiday you may celebrate (Saturnalia, Festivus… Wookie Life Day) for just about every variety of nerd there is. They left…


A couple of students at the steadfastly Mormon Brigham Young University test their classmates’ receptiveness to this most pagan of holiday traditions. You may be surprised. Looks like there’s a kiss or two that goes beyond friendly…and one response that is anything but. Any thoughts on the effects of religious repression on the libido? Ever dated someone who was highly religious? How’d that go?